Kidney Failure – Doctor and Condition
Kidney failure / acute kidney failure is when your kidneys become unable to filter waste products from your blood. When kidneys lose the ability to filter, dangerous levels of wastes accumulate, and your blood’s chemistry may get out of balance.
Acute kidney failure is also called acute renal failure or acute kidney injury. Kidney failure often develops rapidly over a couple days, and can be fatal without intensive treatment. Kidney failure may be reversible though, if the patient is in good health.
Kidney Failure Signs and Symptoms May Include:
- Decreased Urine Output
- Fluid Retention / Swelling in the Legs or Feet
- Shortness of Breath
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Chest Pain or Pressure
Sometimes acute kidney failure shows no symptoms and is only detected through lab tests.